Walmart 'Neighborhood Markets' Spreading

These grocery stores are popping in metro Atlanta cities.

While people in Decatur talk about the planned for , another kind of Walmart store is quietly appearing in other parts of the metro area.

Walmart Neighborhood Markets are coming to at least five cities in the Atlanta metro area: Lawrenceville, Snellville, Marietta, Alparetta and Tucker.

Brian Crowe, a blooger for Patch, explains the idea.

For those unfamiliar with the Walmart Market concept, it's the retail behemoth's version of a neighborhood grocery store. The stores are usually around 40,000 square feet in size, employ from 80 to 100 people and offer pharmacy and photo processing services.

Surprisingly, I haven't heard about any neighborhood opposition to this opening. Walmart typically brings out the NIMBY in all of us; look at the .

Perhaps a modestly sized grocery store is less off-putting to folks than the massive Supercenters the discounter is known for opening in the face of fierce neighborhood opposition. An article in the Los Angeles Times last year pointed out that Walmart avoids contentious city planning reviews when they open these relatively smaller projects in vacant storefronts already zoned for retail.

Walmart's website says, "First opened in 1998, there are now 199 Walmart Neighborhood Markets, each employing about 95 associates. A typical store is about 42,000 square feet."

In comparison, Walmart says there are 3,029 Supercenters nationwide (averaging 185,000 square feet and 350 employees) and 624 Walmart Discount Stores (averaging 108,000 square feet and 225 employees.)

Walmart has also opened two Walmart Express Stores in Arkansas, averaging about 15,000 square feet in size.

How do you like the Neighborhood Market idea? If one were proposed for Suburban Plaza, would you support it?

Karla June 06, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I am a Suburban Plaza shopper. I frequently shop at at least 7 of the stores. 5 of them are locally owned. Altho' I dislike Walmart and the overseas products on general principal, I would not fight a smaller store. I still may not shop there, but at least the local businesses might be able to survive.
Tim Kahndel June 06, 2012 at 07:29 PM
One doesn't have to shop suburban plaza to have a say about what locates in their neighborhood. That's a crazy comment. (And, comment coming from a happy bowler, BigLots shopper, and Moe's shopper there.)
bulldogger June 07, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Yeah, just like a woman.....give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile. They're gonna sneak up on us and one day we'll wake up and our Kroger's gone, our Publix' are gone. I'm sure their ultimate goal is "Total Domination" of the food supply market in this country......and folks, they have enough money to do it. Sneaky like a snake......watch out!!!!!!
clm1950 June 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I do most of my food shopping at local Farmers Markets and always try to buy organic. I do shop at Kroger, Whole foods and Trader Joes for items I can't purchase at the Farmers Market. i also do a big shop at COSTCO once or twice a year. I never shop at Walmart and never will as long as I have a choice.
Thomas Ricks December 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM
I shop at Suburban Plaza but the fact is the walmart brand would hurt downtown Decatur where I spend a lot more. Walmart is a disgusting company who forces its employees to live on government handouts.


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